GREENVILLE - On a windy Monday afternoon the Kenowa Hills Knights won the final two matches to top the Greenville Yellow Jackets on the tennis court.
The match was tied 3-3 with just the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches remaining. Kenowa Hills was able to squeeze out both victories for a 5-3 victory.
First at No. 3 doubles, the Knights’ Riley Devoogd and Noah Dombrowski were able to beat Greenville’s Brett Hostetler and Austin Somerfield 6-4, 7-6 (10-8).
That win guaranteed at least a tie for Kenowa Hills.
Ethan Dombrowski and Ryan Gole of Kenowa Hills then pulled out two close sets 7-5, 7-5 over A.J. Ebels and Alec Czanderna to win the match.
“The kids worked hard today. We came up short in some close matches,” Greenville coach Mark Haist said. “Which we have to get over. We lost some close matches on Saturday. We have to find a way to win those tiebreakers and the matches tied at five.”
Playing with confidence could be the key to winning those tight matches.
“We have to play with confidence. I think our guys start thinking about making mistakes instead of playing the way they did the whole time to get there,” Haist said. “You can’t blame them necessarily, but that’s not how you win. You have to be confident and play to win.”
The Yellow Jackets split their singles matches with wins at No. 3 and No. 4.
Peter Lindeman defeated Eric Tenbrink 6-1, 6-2 at three singles and Peter Januzelli beat Kipp Kurdelski 7-5, 6-0 at No. 4.
“Both Peter’s have played pretty well lately,” Haist said. “Three and four singles have been solid. Peter Januzelli has won some flights at tournaments lately and Peter Lindeman always outworks any opponent he plays.”
“I played really well. The last couple of days it’s starting to come together,” Lindeman said. “It feels good. My serve struggled beginning on the year, but its really starting to click from my work at practice.”
Dan Hankins and Matt Neil won for Kenowa Hills at No. 1 and No. 2 singles.
Greenville’s Brandon Brom (No. 2 singles) lost, but Haist said he has been hitting the ball well recently.
“In the last month he has picked up his velocity a ton,” Haist said of Brom. “He played really well on Saturday. Today he was out of a rhythm and frustrated. I don’t question he will be back to work ready tomorrow and our next match on Wednesday.”
The Yellow Jackets travel to Grand Rapids Christian tomorrow for an O-K White match and will play their final home match Friday against Sparta.